Vanessa Grubbs and Dallas Woodburn



Reading, August 10, 7 pm

at Gallery House, Palo Alto

Featuring Vanessa Grubbs

and Dallas Woodburn

with guest readers:

Haoning Jiang, Veronica Montes, and Tanu Wakefield



Woman Running Late in a Dress





Spirited February Reading

Many thanks to our February 9 readers, artists, and to all who helped and attended. It was a lovely evening on California Avenue, with some competition in the sound department from nearby revelers.



Auspicious Friday the 13th Reading!

Nance Wheeler at PLIn the contrarian tradition of Peninsula Literary, we declared Friday the 13th a day of good tidings. We were not mistaken.

On Friday, October 13 an energetic audience braved moderate smoke from the ongoing tragic wine country fires to hear Lita Kurth, Brittany Perham, Margaret Juhae Lee, Jim Cole, and Gerard Sarnat regale us with humor and solid storytelling. Kurth started things off with her singular pithy humor, and Perham followed with character portraits laced with sensuality and ruthless guile. First time readers at Peninsula Literary, Cole, Juhae Lee, and Sarnat finished out the letters part of the evening with delightful variety, and artist, Nance Wheeler finished with a glimpse into the process behind her stunning creations.

We are grateful to everyone who came out to read, helped with setup and clean up, and made the evening one of the more memorable readings for us. We appreciate all the many ways you support literature and art, and allow us to be part of the vibrant Bay Area community.

Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman, Peninsula Literary

Lita Kurth at PLLita A. Kurth has published essays, poems, and short stories in eliipsis…literature and artTikkunCompositeArtsNewVerseNewsBlast Furnace, the Santa Clara ReviewVerbatim, Compose, the Exploratorium QuarterlyTattoo HighwayVermont Literary Review, and others. She regularly contributes to,, and

One of her creative nonfiction works, “Pivot,” appears in the 2012 University of Nebraska anthology, Becoming: What Makes a Woman and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short story, “Lifetime TV Movie,” was a finalist for the 2012 Writers@Work contest.

She was a featured reader for PCSJ’s Well-Red series in 2016 and a performer in Cinequest’s 2016 Poetry and Performance sponsored by Reed Magazine.


Brittany Perham at PLBrittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). She is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She lives in San Francisco.




Jim Cole at PLJim Cole is a 2017 recipient of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for his story “The Asphodel Meadow,” which was published this summer in the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories. Jim’s short story “Traveler #17” appeared in the July 2017 issue of JONAH Magazine. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco, where his novel ffrrfr was nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Program’s (AWP’s) Intro Journals Project. He was recently interviewed by Catapult Publishing on his writing. Jim lives in the town of Duncans Mills, north of San Francisco on the Russian River. When he’s not writing fiction, he works as a senior writer for a French-owned bank in San Francisco.


Gerard Sarnat at PLGerard Sarnat is the author of three previous collections: Homeless Chronicles:

from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012) and 17s (2014). Melting

The Ice King (2016) and Gerry’s other books are available at select bookstores and

on Amazon. In 2015 work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines,

including Gargoyle, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet, and others.

Gerry has built and staffed clinics for the marginalized and been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.


Margaret Juhae Cho at PLMargaret Juhae Lee lives in Oakland, California. She is putting the finishing touches on a book titled Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History, which chronicles her search for information on her grandfather who was a student revolutionary in colonial Korea. She received a Bunting Fellowship from Harvard University and a Korea Studies Fellowship from the Korea Foundation in support of research for her book. Previously, Margaret was an editor for the Books and the Arts section at The Nation magazine. She has written articles for The Nation, Newsday, Elle,and the Advocate, among other publications. She was awarded a residency at Mesa Refuge in Pt. Reyes. and a residency fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation at the Mineral School in Mt. Rainier, Washington. Margaret currently works as a communications consultant for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Nance Wheeler (photo above) is an artist with influences from the American Midwest, West Coast and Japan.  Nance was born in Illinois and studied engineering at Purdue University.  While working in Silicon Valley her passion for painting was re-ignited and she earned an M.A. from California State University. An opportunity to live in Japan and travel throughout Asia influenced Nance’s work and awakened an interest in the different cultural interpretations of aesthetics.

In 2009, Nance had the opportunity to appear on a local television show.  Not only did she enjoy the experience but she became a volunteer at her local community access station and now produces a show called “Talk Art”.  In 2017, she received a national award for her work. Nance explores the beauty of science and engineering and the abstract forms that are generated in her mixed media paintings.  Nance currently shows her work at Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA.





Lita Kurth, Brittany Perham, Jim Cole, Gerard Sarnat, Margaret Juhae Lee and Jeff Grinnell – October 13

Vesuvio SuitsJoin us Friday, October 13 at 7 pm at Gallery House, 320 California Avenue, Palo Alto for a reading of poetry and prose, featuring Lita Kurth and Brittany Perham, with guests Jim Cole, Gerard Sarnat, Margaret Juhae Lee, and Jeff Grinnell. 

Featured readers in early February – Susanna Solomon, plus Joel Thomas Katz and Robert Perry reading from their translation of Dutch poets Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer; and fiction writer Pam Squyres.

July 14 Reading

Tarn Wilson at Peninsula LiteraryOur July 14 reading included a wonderful group of readers with a broad spectrum of styles. The effervescent Tarn Wilson(photograph above), the avian Tracy Guzman, and the amazing Peg Alford Purcell, whose Sausalito reading series – Why There Are Words has expanded to several places throughout the U.S., and Phyllis Cline, who rarely comes out to share her piquant style of poetry. The reading included our own Jean Znidarsic reading from the Dystrumpian Almanac – advice from the past on surviving the new Middle Ages, artist Rose of the Gallery House, and Esther Kamkar, who has written a number of books and has also contributed to the Dystrumpian Almanac. Also present in the gallery were notable local poets Charlotte Muse and Patrick Daly, the curators of the Not Yet Dead Poets monthly Redwood City reading series at the Main Street Gallery. We are very grateful to all of our writers and artists, and all who attended and helped set up and clean up. Without you, Peninsula Literary would just be Carrie and Jean having a glass of wine and talking about writing. Check back shortly for details on our October reading.